The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes: Can We Pick ’Em or What?

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The Pulitzer committee just announced the 2013 prize winners and finalists, and we are happy to say that their numbers include authors who have made recent appearances at the Kansas City Public Library. Two of this year’s seven Pulitzer Prize winners in 2013 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music – plus one of the finalists – gave public lectures at the Library this past year.

These programs are part of our ongoing program to build a community of readers by bringing the best contemporary authors to Kansas City to speak about their books, thanks in part to generous funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.



Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, appeared at the Library last April as part of the Writer’s at Work series organized by Kansas City novelist Whitney Terrell. The Orphan Master’s Son is an unforgettable tale about one man’s journey from his childhood in an orphanage up through the labyrinthine political ranks of North Korea. You can hear the audio of his discussion with Terrell here.

Fredrik Logevall, author of Embers of War and winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for History, also appeared at the Library in the fall. Logevall’s book offers a detailed examination of the political and military entanglements of both France and the United States in Vietnam. Watch the C-SPAN broadcast of the talk Logevall gave at the Central Library.

And David Nasaw, author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, came to our Central Library in December. His biography about Joseph P. Kennedy paints a vivid portrait of a truly complicated figure, a man who shaped the lives of his sons and American politics. Watch a video of Nasaw’s talk at the Central Library.



With this quality of programming, make sure that you check out what else we have planned here at the Kansas City Public Library. You never know what award-winning author may be coming, and it’s all absolutely free.


About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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